National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Electric Week in Hawaii - EV 101 - Buying & Owning EVs
Sep 26, 2020

Note: This is an online only event with no physical location.
Day: Saturday, September 26, 2020 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Audience: Hawaii State
Recording: view the recorded presentation.
Topics: EV 101
Cost of Ownership
Driving Experience
Environmental Benefits
Home Charging
Local Public Charging
Used EVs
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2020.

Event Report

Our webinar was held over Zoom from 9 AM - 11 AM on September 26. We had a decent turnout for a Saturday morning webinar. We estimate about 100 people joined or subsequently viewed our webinar recording. 

We kicked off our event by announcing Governor David Ige's Drive Electric Week proclamation across the state and a welcome to our guests and panel. Our event - 'EV 101' - started out with a series of presentations:

EV Benefits and Incentives, presented by Lauren Reichelt, Director of Clean Transportation at Blue Planet Foundation 
Buying an EV, presented by Tam HuntHawaii EV Director 
Charging an EV, presented by Sonja Kass, Hawaii EV Director

This was followed by a panel of EV owners from across the state who shared their buying and ownership experiences. The panel included:

Noreen Reimel - Kia Soul EV owner
Gary Miller - Tesla Model 3 owner
Sharon Geiken - Tesla Model S owner
Russell Ruderman - Nissan LEAF owner
Andy Kass - Nissan LEAF owner

We held polls at the start and end of the events to gauge ownership preferences and found an increase in the number of non-owners considering an EV. Unfortunately, the poll screens were not captured in the Zoom recording so actual figures are not documents.

During the webinar, we shared several videos that were produced by the Blue Planet Foundation, including one that was the subject of our Clipper Creek Charger giveaway. Here are links to the videos that we shared:

Many thanks to Kauai EV, Big Island EV Association, Telsa Hawaii Club, Blue Planet Foundation, Drive Electric Hawaii, Telsa Hawaii, Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, and Electrify America for making this event possible.

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photo by: Noel Morin
A collage of screenshots from our webinar. In the image are some of our speakers and hosts - Tam Hunt, Lauren Reichelt, Sonja Kass, Andy Kass, Olive Daria, and Noel Morin.

Event Description


In celebration of National Drive Electric Week, Hawaii EV  is hosting a couple of Zoom webinars. We’ll have speaker panels, informative presentations, and giveaways.

This webinar - EV 101 - Buying & Owning EVs - will provide participants with information about electric vehicles – benefits, ownership tips, and details around the latest EVs that are available to Hawaii residents. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local EV owners and experts who can address questions about electric cars.

For the latest information and to register, please use the blue RSVP button at the top of this page.

Registered Attendees

There are currently 21 attendees registered.

Plug-In Vehicles Registered by Attendees

Vehicle Registered
Chevrolet Bolt 3
Tesla Model S 2
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 1
Tesla Model X 1
4 Models 7

Registered attendees report 220,619 electric miles driven.

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